Thursday's papers detail Rafa Benitez's Premier League return, while Spurs chase Domenico Berardi and Barcelona cool their interest in John Stones.
Newcastle set to appoint Rafa Benitez ahead of Leicester City game
The Daily Mail are reporting that Rafa Benitez will be given the title of manager ahead of Monday's game against Leicester, as Newcastle continue their process of removing current manager Steve McLaren. The report says Newcastle are making concessions in order to escape relegation, including financial incentives and a willingess to give the Spainard a large say over transfers.
Paper Round's view: Turns out Benitez is desperate enough to take any job in the Premier League, although this is a massive coup for Newcastle going forward if he stays up. Having control over transfers give Benitez the ability to build a squad long term if they stay up.
Spurs are in the market for Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi, according to the Metro. Berardi is co-owned by Juventus and has a buy-back option on the striker worth £14 million according the report. Paper Round's view: This would be a massive coup for Tottenham in terms of a Harry Kane back up. Berardi is a goal scorer and serious threat in his own right, and them both on the pitch at the same time would cause immense headaches for the opposition.
Story in the Mirror says Barcelona are dropping their pursuit of prized Everton defender John Stones, as they believe he'd struggle to adapt to life at the Camp Nou. The report says that after Barcelona making enquiries into the youngster's personality and temperament, they believe he's too much of an expensive risk to bring to the club.
Everton's John Stones applauds the fans at the end of the match
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Paper Round's view: Interesting report, although could also be one placed by one of the many clubs seeking to drive down competition and the price for the Everton defender. That said, any fee above £30 million for a potential centre half is a massive risk to take on and puts the player under unnecessary pressure to develop faster.
CSKA Moscow striker and Leicester City target Ahmed Musa is more than willing to join Arsenal, according to a story in the Independent. Musa was adamant that he'd stay with CSKA until the season was over and think about changing teams. The report mentioned that Leicester's advances in Janurary were haulted when the price for Musa's services was quoted as £22 million.
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Paper Round's view: A blow for Leicester as Musa will probably continue to be on the market for a new club in the summer, although doubt he's shown enough quality for Arsenal to take interest just yet.